I have a nephew who is 19 and a good guitar player. He plays very differently from me, as I did from a 60 year old way back I was a teen. He is in a lot of bands that play shows frequently. Guitars - metal, death metal, black metal, Swedish black death metal... who knows the micro genres anymore. He and his boys are gear hounds - it just isn't Les Pauls or Strats, Tube screamers or Fender amps. We do have some interesting discussions, maybe because I'm not dismissing his thing, and not trying to tell him how wondrous things were. It helps that some of the guys we knew from when I was a kid are still out there, and that I have some cool old gear that I still play. For the record he REALLY dug my LP >rat> JCM800 2204, turned up some (he did drop the tuning down. anyway - I got a snarky response recently from a guy here on TGP about Norlins, which I said weren't all bad. His point was that the prices in the used market certainly says that they are. Well sheeee-it. I dropped it, because from a Macro Economic perspective WTF can I say about that. I'm a player not a collector. My point - just because a kid today doesn't want to buy some guitar thing that I value, doesn't necessarily mean that they've abandoned the instrument. A good point was raised about the cyclical nature of pop music, and I think it applies. It probably won't look like 1965 or 1975 when the wheel turns, but whatever is popular today will become unpopular in due course and something antithetical will replace it.